The annual carnival was in town for a long weekend, and I was excited to go. I always have Sunday off from my job, so I planned to go that day if I didn’t make it there the other days.
Sunday, I went into church tired. Admittedly, I didn’t want to be there. Then, we broke out into a spontaneous praise dance party. I don’t know how it started, but I can’t ignore a good song. I started dancing. I danced hard. I hadn’t danced that hard in a long time. I loved every second. After it broke up, I felt alive and energized in a way that I hadn’t felt in quite a while. I thought I was just going to nap after church, but there was no WAY I could sleep! I didn’t even want to eat, really.
So when my family suggested that we go to the carnival, I was all for it. Besides, it had been a long time since I’ve been to any carnival.
Now, this was a small carnival, but there were a few decent rides, 3 or 4 food stands, a ferris wheel, a trampoline set up with bungee cords, and a large slide, which I went on with my nephew 4 times. He loved it. He’s going to love thrill rides when he’s older.
I hadn’t come with money, but it was open until at least 10pm, so since it was early, I decided that I was going back. In the meanwhile, I managed to try a fried Oreo. Now I have to admit, the idea of a fried Oreo didn’t appeal to me in the least, and I love my Oreos. I decided to be courageous, though. While I was waiting with my mom as she purchased a funnel cake, I asked the man with the pretty blue eyes if it was possible to buy just one fried Oreo. He said that you could, but that it was more cost effective to buy 6 of them. “Well, I’ve never had one”, I replied. Well, that was all he needed to hear. “I’ll take care of you”, he said, as his eyes sparkled.
It was with this that he plucked up something that looked like just dough at first, and dipped it in the grease. He turned it once, then set it aside to let some of the grease drip out. Then, he put it on a napkin and handed it to me. I looked at it quizzically at first, then took a bite. Not bad! The Oreo seemed like it melted in your mouth; it was nothing to bite through it. The dough was funnel cake batter, so who doesn’t like that, right? I would definitely get one of those again!
We were there for maybe all of an hour, and I decided to get money and go back. I didn’t get to do the bungee jump on the trampoline; I had to do a flip!
My family was hungry, and so was I… but not for food. I was ready to go back to the carnival! So just as soon as we had come back home, I grabbed my wallet and headed back out.
I decided to get a wristband for the rides, which allowed me to ride the rides as much as I pleased. I managed to stay at this very small carnival for FOUR HOURS. Since I couldn’t find my phone, I was there unhindered and unattached. It was the best thing that ever happened to me. I wasn’t upset about losing my phone at all. My family, on the other hand, was trying to figure out where I could possibly do at that tiny carnival for 4 hours.
I managed to: do the bungee jump trampoline thing (twice. yes, I did flips.), got on one ride six times and decided that I needed one of my own, and got on another ride 4 or 5 times, and got on everything else at least twice. I got on the bumper cars at least four times, and got preferential treatment on one of the rides from the guy that fastens you in. Good times.
I also took the time to try a corn dog. I’ve always wanted to try one of those things, so I went for it. It’s better if you have it with mustard, but overall… I don’t think I’ll get one again. It just wasn’t my thing.
I was so high off of the energy that I received from that one little praise party and from feeling like a kid again at the carnival, I didn’t start getting tired until at least midnight. It was amazing and wonderful. I probably would’ve stayed until I got kicked out, but it was getting cold, and I wasn’t quite prepared for the temperature change. I stayed until the rides were lit up and the twilight had faded. It was an amazing day.
I have no idea how I managed to have so much fun at such a small carnival for four hours. My family doesn’t get it either. All I know is that I was renewed, and I can finally say that I crossed at least 2 foods off of my bucket list. It was great to feel carefree for just a few hours, and to pretend that I was a young child again. Perhaps I’m easily amused, but I had the time of my life, and all it cost me was the price of a wristband, a corn dog, and a fried Oreo.
I’d call that a good day.